November 16, 2011

Five Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Alers Named to First Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five Yale men's soccer players earned All-Ivy honors, including sophomore defender Nick Alers, who was named to the first team. Forward Charlie Paris and goalkeeper Bobby Thalman were second team selections, while midfielder Max McKiernan and forward Peter Jacobson earned honorable mention recognition.

Alers started 16 games and was the anchor of a Yale defense that yielded only 16 goals and posted four shutouts. His top performance may have come against Dartmouth when he held Ivy League Player of the Year Lucky Mkosana scoreless, limiting him to only two shots, in the Bulldogs' 2-0 victory. Alers is the first Yale player to earn first team recognition since Alex Munns and James Stewart in 2006.

Paris, a senior, enjoyed a breakout season for the Bulldogs. After appearing in only six games in his first three years, he played in all 17 this fall, including making 12 starts, and tied for second on the team with three goals. Two of his tallies were game-winners, including in overtime at Penn.

Thalman, a junior, led the Ivy League with 92 saves and an .852 save percentage and was third with a 0.92 goals against average. His top performance came against Harvard when he made eight saves in a 1-0 victory, which earned him Ivy League Player of the Week recognition.

McKiernan, a sophomore, was one of only four players to start all 17 games. His one goal was the game-winner against Central Connecticut.

Jacobson led the Bulldogs with seven goals and 15 points. He had a pair of two-goal games – against Rhode Island and Princeton in the season finale.

Yale finished the season with an 8-7-2 overall record and a 4-3 Ivy mark. The Bulldogs won five more games overall than a year ago and three more Ivy games.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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